Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 ACM Learning Center Bulletin, keeping you current on the many online learning tools ACM offers to help extend our members' skills and knowledge. To suggest addition of books, courses; future Tech Packs or Webinar topics; or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center: Books and Courses Learning Center: Other Resources

Register for ACM and SIGHPC Webcast: "Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures"
If you haven't yet done so, register now for "Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures" with Salman Habib of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. In this talk, Habib will provide an introduction to basic issues in performance and scalability for large-scale applications on parallel supercomputers. Attendees will learn why code "ports" are difficult across architectures, if performance is a major criterion; differences in future architectures and what they mean for code design and optimization; the key role played by understanding of the domain science as well as the algorithmic implementation; and the importance of layering the code to allow for easy implementation across architectures. Rajeev Thakur, of Argonne National Laboratory and ACM SIGHPC, moderates.

You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

Bertrand Meyer Returns March 27 for "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly, Part II"
If you enjoyed "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" but didn't get a chance to get your question answered, register now for Bertrand Meyer's exclusive follow-up webcast airing on Friday, March 27.

In this presentation, Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich and an ACM Fellow, will focus heavily on audience questions arising from the February 18 webinar. (Anyone who has not seen the original event is strongly encouraged to do so before registering for Friday's webcast). Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, returns to moderate.

New eBooks from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
This winter, our collection of Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress books has expanded with extended, updated coverage of hot topics areas such as cyber warfare, data mining and modeling, digital technology law, software defined networks, user experience design, and web hacking. Newly added titles include Applied Network Security Monitoring, Economics-Driven Software Architecture, Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design for Information Systems, Peter Norvig's classic textbook Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming, Principles of Computer System Design, and the new edition of Visual Computing for Medicine. See all the newly added titles at http://learning.acm.org/books/mknew.cfm.

ACM's eBook collection contains more than 360 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with a focus on some the most bleeding-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. The books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular eBook reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBook catalogue as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Save 15% on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.

Learning Center: Books and Courses

Featured MK Title: Visual Computing for Medicine
The second edition of Visual Computing for Medicine offers cutting-edge visualization techniques and their applications in medical diagnosis, education, and treatment. The book includes algorithms, applications, and ideas on achieving reliability of results and clinical evaluation of the techniques covered. Authors Preim and Botha illustrate visualization techniques from research, but also cover the information required to solve practical clinical problems. The book is based on several years of combined teaching and research experience. This new edition includes six new chapters on treatment planning, guidance, and training; an updated appendix on software support for visual computing for medicine; and a new global structure that better classifies and explains the major lines of work in the field. You can find more than 360 other Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress titles in the ACM eBook catalog.

Featured Skillsoft Course: ICND1 2.0: Networking, Communications, and LANs
Cisco IOS Software is a feature-rich network system software that provides network intelligence to meet all of today's networking demands. It is the industry-leading, and most widely deployed, network system software. ICND1 2.0: Networking, Communications, and LANs describes Cisco IOS Software and the basic Cisco IOS CLI functions and operations. This course also describes how to navigate the Cisco IOS CLI configuration modes, how to use embedded keyboard help, how to manage configurations, and how to use additional Cisco IOS features to improve the user experience in the CLI. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our collection of IT courseware.

Did you know that ACM's Skillsoft collection includes the Department of Defense Knowledge Center, with dozens of courses tied to some of today's most popular certifications in information security? Downloade this content spreadsheet for the latest content catalog: http://www.acm.org/education/dod_kc_0315.xlsx. For more on the DoD KC, visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/index.cfm.

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added video content in the following knowledge areas: Advanced Scrum, ANSI C, ASP.NET MVC 4, CompTIA Linux+ 2014 CompTIA Mobility+, Data Science Fundamentals in R, Hadoop and MapReduce, Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS) 1.0, Java SE 8 Programming, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Entity Framework, Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, MongoDB, OpenStack Fundamentals, Responsive Web Design, Software Testing Fundamentals, UX Foundations, and Windows 8. See http://learning.acm.org/books/skillsoft_video.cfm for more information.
Learning Center: Other Resources

Tech Packs: Expert-Curated Readings on Hot Computing Topics
Have you looked at a Tech Pack yet? These innovative, integrated learning packages covering today's hottest topics in computing are created by subject matter expert committees who curate essential readings, such as foundational journal papers, conference proceedings, keynotes, and more. TechPacks available to members include: ACM Interview with Dominic Holt
Tune in as the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs advancing computing as a science and a profession discuss their background, experience, and career highlights, all while providing invaluable insights and lessons learned for future computing professionals in this ongoing series of exclusive interviews conducted by Stephen Ibaraki, Chair of the ACM Professional Development Committee.

This month's featured interview is with Dominic Holt, Co-Founder and CEO of Divine Intervention Software and Senior Software Manager at Lockheed Martin. Dominic discusses the visionary Shark Tank®, which he co-founded at Lockheed, the principles he learned from working on Skunk Works® projects, technology predictions for the next few years, and what he hopes to achieve as a member of the ACM Professional Development Committee (PDC), as well as many other interesting topics.

Discounts on CompTIA Certification Exams and Training Materials for ACM Members
Did you know that ACM members are now eligible for discounts on CompTIA certification exams (including A+, Network+, and Security+) as well as learning content and training materials that prepare learners for these certification exams? Members can save 15% on CompTIA Exam Vouchers/Bundles and 10% on Training Content/Materials using coupons found at http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm. New certifications include Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), Healthcare IT Technician, Linux+, Mobile App Security+, Mobility+, Project+, Server+, Storage+, Strata+ (IT fundamentals), and more.

CompTIA is a leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications worldwide with popular exams in security, network administration, computer repair, and server administration. See http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm for the new discount codes and more information.
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